Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Pen to Paper

I'm just stopping in real quick to tell you that I'm working like a mad person on my book. A friend challenged me to finish it by June 5th, and I'm taking the challenge seriously. And I mean finished.

I'm almost done writing it and then I'm going to put it in a paperback for a few beta readers then I'm going to query it. I'm not going to nit pick over beta notes, I'm just going to do what I can and get it out there. I'm ready to get serious.

Since I started this challenge on May 5th I've edited 48,000 words and written another 11,000. (My poor family.)

To cut back on time I'm not really writing a blog post, I'm just leaving you with a picture I found on Pinterest for inspiration. (Thanks Amber Argyle)  Cheers!

(Also a big thanks to Kelly at Between the Bookends for liking my prom picture and picking me as a winner. You rock!)

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Pancakes, Blue Suits, and U-hauls

Ah, High School. The classes, the stereotypes, the cafeteria food, and oh yes the dances. That's right, today I'm joining the crowd and reliving those awkward high school dance moments.

I have two fantastic stories that I just couldn't choose between so I decided to give you a taste of both. (I know, it's long. You don't have to read it all, but if you want to laugh, you do.)

The first one was my senior year Homecoming dance. I had never been to homecoming before and I was desperate enough to let a friend hook me up for the night. My first indication that this date was going to go horribly wrong was the boy's name. Max Ford. To top that off he was from Ukraine. Oh joy.

The day started out innocent enough, the boys wanted to take us out for breakfast, so we went to Ihop, yum. And that was the point when the fun of the day ended. Ladies, have you ever had man order a meal for you? If you have, how long were you dating said man? I bet it wasn't the first date where you just met the guy.

Oh yes, he ordered for me. Pancakes, no less. I'm not a huge pancake person. I like eggs, and bacon, and hash browns. Realizing his mistake after the look on my face, he let me order something else. And guess what the best part is? When I didn't eat the pancakes he asked the waitress to take them back and take them off the bill! That wasn't awkward at all.

To make a long story short. Max Ford followed me around like a puppy for the rest of the day, complained about how expensive dinner was all night, and showed up in a baby blue suit complete with top hat and cane (it wasn't a joke).

I would love to show you pictures of said suit, but Max Ford would not let me have said pictures unless I went with him alone to his house. Tragedy, I know.

Imagine this, only worse.

Next, I wanted to share a much better story about my senior prom. I went with one of my best friends which is always a good idea for dances. The day was fun, but the night was something I'll never forget.

I know quite a few people who rented Limos for the Prom. It's a tradition, right? How fun is it to ride in Limo to prom? My mode of transportation was much better.

My date came to pick me up at the appointed time. I walked out my door and saw another friend pulling up across the street. I assumed we were riding with the other friend so I started towards his car.

"We're in the U-haul." my date said. I kept walking. "No, really. We're in the U-haul." I turned to see where he was pointing and sure enough, there was a U-haul in my driveway.

My mouth was hanging open. I walked up to the back of the truck and just as I'm about to hyperventilate, the other boys open the back end, put down the walkway and roll out the red carpet, literally.  I went from freaking out to knowing I had the coolest friends ever.

The back of the U-haul had red carpet along the bottom. The walls were lined with couches and fake trees with little sparkling lights. There was cooler with drinks and soft music playing in the background. It was the Epitome of awesome!

I sit down and find on my seat a little pamphlet that looks like this -

 For those of you who don't share my religion, this is a guide for young people on issues such as dating, morality, and cleanliness. Apparently my date's brother threw this at the back of his head as he was walking out the door. I knew we had to use it in our prom picture. This is what came out -

 Needless to say, I can always look back at that night and laugh.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

The Waiting Game

I am not a patient person. It is something I struggle with on a daily basis. Good things come to those who wait, right? So I should just wait until right moment to hit me? I don't think so.

I had this revelation a couple of weeks ago -- I heard a woman speak who ran a very successful auto dealership group/ movie theater / sports team / race car track with her husband. (FYI, loaded!) Anyway, she talked about patience and she said something that will never leave me.

"Patience is not just about waiting. It's about actively moving your life in the direction you want it to go and putting off your immediate desire to reach that goal."

Now, that's not an exact quote because I didn't have a tape recorder, but that's what I wrote down. The point is, the old saying about good things coming to those who wait should be changed to. 'Good things come to those who work hard for their dreams and have the patience to fulfill them.'

Hang in there! (*notes to self*) Keep working at it and eventually all that patience will pay off. It's worth it!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

April Mini-Reviews

First, let me assure everyone that I found a solution to my plot problem. My mom came over for dinner on Sunday night. Boy am I glad she is Trekkie and a Superman fan. I don't want to give my book away so that's the only hint you're getting ;) (oh yes, that and my plot has NOTHING to do with Adam and Eve)

If you haven't read any of my other review posts I'll just let you know that my goal this year is to read a book a week. I've read 22 books so far this year and there have only been 17 weeks in the year, so I'm doing pretty good!

I couldn't read MATCHED without reading CROSSED now could I? I know a lot of people who were disappointed in this book. I mean, she kind of already chose her match didn't she? Yes and no. I actually enjoyed this book. I think it was good that her and Ky had issues. How could we know their love is real if it isn't tested in the most strenuous way? I don't think she picked Xander at all. She just needs to explore her options and make the best choice for her. No fault in that!

I personally loved this book, but be warned, not everyone did.

Oh how I have loved the Artemis Fowl series. each book has new level of genius that surprises me every time. As I picked up each book I thought, is this going to be same old Artemis book? And it never was. The characters arch smoothly and each story line is unique and unpredictable. The eighth and final book comes out in June. I can't wait!

This book was lovely. Shannon Hale never ceases to amaze me with her wit and suspense. I laughed through 75% and bit my nails through the 25%. She is a master story teller who knows how to pull at your heart Strings. Midnight in Austenland is a must read!

 I already gave you a glimpse into what I think of Across the Universe. Other people told me it would happen, but now I can say for certian that I am in love with Science Fiction again! Both books blew my mind. Even though I've a read other books since these ones, I'm still thinking about these ones. That's a good sign!

Another month past and another excellent set of books devoured. Keep reading, my friends, and find your mind expanded. I know I have!

What did you read in April?